It had a playoff atmosphere, as the Montreal Canadiens went into Boston to face the red-hot Bruins.
This was a nasty, hard-hitting meeting between two of hockey fiercest rivals from the Original Six era. On this night, it was the Canadiens that came away victorious by a final score of 2-1 in the shootout. That ends the Bruins’ winning streak at 12.
- Despite the result, the Bruins still have to be considered the favorite in the Eastern Conference. For long stretches, the Bruins had the run of the play Monday, but got unlucky by hitting some goal posts, and Habs’ goalie Peter Budaj was spectacular.
- Budaj, by the way, made 28 saves in this start. It was an interesting decision to start Budaj over a healthy Carey Price, who could start Tuesday against the Buffalo Sabres.
- The Canadiens have won six of the last seven regular season meetings between these two teams. So, that’s something to think about heading into the post-season.
- Scary moment in this one, as Habs’ forward Travis Moen left the game after taking a punch to the head during a first-period fight with Kevan Miller. Moen was responding to a hit Miller threw on Dale Weise. Both Moen and Weise left the game and did not return.
- Both teams finished 1-for-6 on the power play. The Bruins had four straight third period power plays, with Patrice Bergeron finally capitalizing on the final one.
It didn’t take long for Boston and Montreal to renew hostilities on Monday night.
Less than five minutes into the opening frame, Habs forward Travis Moen took exception to a hit Kevan Miller put on Dale Weise, leading to this scrap:
As you can see, the tilt didn’t end well for Moen. The immediate concern for the gritty veteran will be his history of concussions, which some feared would be an issue when he suffered a broken orbital bone earlier this season.
Montreal had suffered a loss in the toughness category last week when Brandon Prust was lost for the season with a rib injury. The club’s other enforcer, George Parros, was scratched for tonight’s game.
For Miller, the fight further established him as one of the more dangerous fighters in his weight class, having already scored victories over the likes of Ottawa’s Zack Smith and San Jose’s Mike Brown.
Update: Montreal has announced that neither Moen nor Weise will return to tonight’s game.
Tonight, the Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens will meet for the fourth and final time this season. Puck drop is set for 7:30 p.m. ET at TD Garden; you can watch the game on NBCSN or check it out online via our live stream.
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Some game-related links and info to pass your way:
Goalie nods: Budaj looks to halt B’s, Montoya starts fifth straight
Get your game notes: Canadiens at Bruins
NHL on NBCSN: Canadiens looking to end Bruins’ 12-game win streak